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The Spiritual Significance of the Winter Solstice

Ceremony, Rituals, Rites of Passage, Spiritual Significance, Life LessonsChloë RainComment
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The light of the Sun begins a new solar cycle at Winter Solstice. The rays shine into the dark, and nurture the newborn life there to be cultivated. And this is mirrored in nature, as the seeds are buried in the darkness of the Earth, to emerge once again with the life-giving rays of the Sun.

In the Northern Hemisphere at this time we are experiencing the longest and darkest nights of the year and the shortest days with the least amount of daylight. The dark triumphs over the light, but this signifies a turning point!

In winter everything lies dormant in the silent earth, it is a sacred time of rest and reflection before the awakening and the slow build toward brighter days.

The energy of winter is that of going within. It's the fruitful darkness and silence out of which our soul's yearnings and new inspirations can eventually emerge.  As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own personal growth cycles begin to deepen.

Why do we spend so much time suppressing and hiding our darkness? When negative emotions come up and we feel them, they're inconvenient, uncomfortable, or worse, we make ourselves wrong for feeling them.

When we fear our own darkness, we cut ourselves off from an essential source of our own personal power. The key is not in letting darkness overwhelm our lives and our thoughts but in understanding that darkness can be one of the greatest catalysts for personal growth and transformation.

Maybe even our way to enlightenment.

By allowing ourselves to feel our emotions and experience our own darkness, the darkness itself can become the spiritual cradle into which our inner light and new life is born.

Allow your feelings to guide you because your feelings are your truth.

Winter Solstice is the great stillness before the Sun's strength builds, and days grow longer. It can be a time to rest and reflect.

In Latin, solstice is made of two words: sol– meaning “the sun” and sistere meaning “to make stand.” Winter Solstice (Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm EST) is one the most powerful points of the year as the axis of the Earth pauses, shifts and moves in the opposite direction. For three days around the solstice points we experience the power of the standstill point and the shift of direction. The sun standing still is a powerful metaphor for the energy available to us at the Winter Solstice to change the direction of our lives with intention and build on this energy as we enter into the new year. After experiencing the longest night and darkest day, the nights grow shorter and the days grow brighter until the Summer Solstice.

For today let yourself rest in the peace of darkness, knowing the changing of the season, and the return of brighter days is ahead, be reminded you are always connected to Source, and your inner light never dims.

Don’t pressure yourself to make changes right now or be in action in world … let the energies of new life and inspiration build slowly within you and by spring you’ll be bursting with new energy and ideas. This is the nature of things… the cycles and rhythms of personal growth and change, as you consistently nurture yourself with compassion, allowing for rest and reflection, great joy will be your harvest in 2019.

You may want to take time to honor and acknowledge the endings & new beginnings in your life in a ceremony or personal ritual that both honors your past and clears space to make room for what you wish for the coming year. I share some ideas for personal rituals below ↓.

Whatever you choose to do to mark the end of the year, the coming of the new, and the rebirth of the light— whether pausing in quiet reflection, or celebrating with community, know that all over our planet, there are many fires burning brightly!

Abundant blessings to you in the coming year! 

In love and service,

 
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Meaning of Winter Solstice 2018

Ritual Acts Give Life Meaning

The longest night of the year is honored by many traditions as a sacred and rich time. Regardless of your holiday traditions, this time of year can be honored by reflecting on the past year and participating in your own personal ritual of light or Ending & Beginnings. When we make time to acknowledge the gifts of Spirit we cultivate a greater capacity to receive our own inner light. By enacting a personal ritual you can celebrate the dark and the light and invite balance and harmony into your life!

Ritual acts give life meaning. They also honor and acknowledge the unseen web of Life that connects us all. When we honor our personal cycles and the seasons of the year— we are reminded of the ever-changing flow of life that we are connected to.

It is suggested to take time 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the precise moment of the Solstice to open to the intelligence of nature all around you and to acknowledge your personal growth cycle. A simple ritual act done with intention in your heart is enough. 

Since this time of year is associated with light — celebrate with string lights, sparklers and candles. Join in the Jewish tradition of the Festival of Lights, with 8 days of ritual illumination or participate in a community bonfire and burn your own Yule log, a tradition with roots in Northern European pre-Christian times.

Light celebrations can be reminders of our inner light, and the Divine Light that guides our way in times of darkness. 

Fire Ceremony for Winter Solstice 2017

Fire Ceremony for Release & Rebirth

You may want to take time to honor and acknowledge the endings & new beginnings in your life in a ceremony or personal ritual that both honors your past and clears space to make room for what you wish for the coming year.

Make an offering that represents the past and give it to the Spirit of Fire as a completion. Then spend a bit of time dreaming and visioning to bring into focus what you would like to experience and bring into being in the coming year.

This can be done as a personal ceremony or with a group. Begin by giving out small pieces of paper and pencils so each can write down what they want to release.

When all have written down what they wish to release, all can gather around a fire, and each can in turn come to the fire and throw their paper in.

After all have gone, you may want to end the ritual by going around the circle and each person sharing something they are grateful for, or you may want to make some celebratory noise by banging on drums, shaking noise makers, and using your voice to send your prayers off into the Universe with a celebratory song!

 

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Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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The Spiritual Significance of Autumn Equinox in Our Modern Lives

Ceremony, Nature, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceChloë Rain2 Comments
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As the midday sun begins to sink lower in the sky and the night becomes chilly and darker, before we even notice the changing of colors with our eyes, our senses tell us that the reign of summer has come to an end in the northern half of the world. 

The autumn equinox arrives at 9:54 PM on Saturday, September 22, 2018, officially marking the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and 12-hour night that occurs only on the two equinox days of the year.

The Autumn Equinox is a meaningful time of year to honor the harvest. Whether that be a "real" harvest of the things planted in your garden or the harvest of efforts and intentions for your life path that you set earlier in the year.

The changing seasons are key points in the cycle of life in nature, and within this cycle many ancient cultures perceived a powerful deeper message for humanity.

Indigenous cultures recognized earth-based wisdom and understood that the four focal points of the year: the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Autumn Equinox; illuminated stages of an inner spiritual journey – a spiritual cycle that the individual takes within themselves.

As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own cycles begin to deepen.

A favorite ritual of mine is to take the 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the precise moment of the equinox to sit quietly on the ground in thoughtfulness and meditation and open my mind and my senses to the intelligence of nature all around. In this time spent in thoughtfulness around the moment of equal light and equal dark, I acknowledge my personal growth cycle and ask for harmony and balance to be the fertilizer in the soil of my life's garden.

Spiritually speaking, fall represents the Harvest time of year, a time to acknowledge abundance as our natural state of being. Our lives go through cycles of growth, harvest, death, and rebirth just as we see in nature.

Fall Equinox Meaning : Spiritual Significance of Autumn Equinox

On the Fall Equinox you may want to honor abundance and shift your consciousness from one of lack to one of abundance in some way through a small ritual or ceremony. Such as lighting a candle, giving thanks, and speaking your gratitude for all that you are and all that you have.

Fall is the time of year that we set up our internal space and make room for what’s to come in the next year. We create fertile soil for our greater visions to grow but not by doing. 

By becoming quiet and listening to what is trying to emerge from within us.

When we take the time this time of year to go within and empty out space we are creating fertile soil for our creativity and greater visions. When we clear our internal ground in the fall, we go into dormancy and then rest in the cold and darkness of Winter.

Winter is the time of year of healing, when the cold and freezing becomes the healing that sets the soil for Spring and our rebirth.

The significance of the Autumnal Equinox for the person walking the spiritual path is the time of year where we activate our new growth cycle. As we become silent and rest we are allowing space for our greater vision to emerge.

As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, we descend into the darkness of the night and face our own inner darkness—the darkness within, i.e. the ego and the subconscious—to prepare for the birth of the Light within, celebrated at the winter solstice.

The heart of spiritual practice is internal, and is usually invisible and unnoticed by everyone else. By enacting the spiritual with a physical ritual, we can both recognize and make concrete our spiritual process that is part of our reality as a person on the spiritual path.

I encourage you to take some time September 22 this year to acknowledge your life cycle and spiritual path. In doing so, you are honoring, not only your own growth and light within, but the ancient wisdom that has served our health and wellness for thousands of years.

I honor the light in you that is the love of all things, without your existence the light of the Universe would dim and all of existence would miss you.
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Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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Is Shamanic Healing Right for You?

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Is Shamanic Healing Right for You

How Does One Find The Right Healer?

Healers, Shamans, and Medicine People, are people. For that, just like anyone else, they come in all shapes, sizes, attitudes, personalities, and colors. In order for one to find the right shaman, it is advised to follow these guidelines:

Methods and Specialties

Just as all shamans have their own unique preference and style of healing, every person who seeks healing has their own preferences, as well. For that, there is a lot of beauty to be found in the vast variety of shamans and their various methods of healing — one shaman may be perfect for one person but not-so-great for another.

Some shamans work a lot with stones and crystals, while others focus on rhythm and chanting. Some shamans personally train clients to embark on their own shamanic journeys, and others journey alone. Some work one-on-one, while others work in a group setting. There are also shamans who specialize in specific fields such as addictions, PTSD, soul-retrieval, and energy balance.

In order to get the most out of shamanic healing, the right client must be matched to the right shaman.

Qualities

It is of great importance to note that although someone has the title of “shaman,” this does not automatically make them a patron saint of ethics or a supernatural, God/Goddess-like being. Someone can claim that they are a shaman but that does not always mean they have had proper training or are working in integrity. Below are some positive shamanistic qualities to look out for:

  • They are humble — a real shaman does not walk around as if they are a rock star;
  • They are trustworthy;
  • They do not push personal boundaries;
  • They let you come to them, they will not pursue you to sit in Ceremony with them (it is common in South America for “shamans” to approach tourists on the streets and offer them Ceremony; this, typically, is not coming from a genuine Healer or Medicine person);
  • They accept you as you are, without even the slightest hint of judgment;
  • They possess a playful, peaceful demeanor;
  • They are of pure spirit.

However, it is primarily about whether or not one feels good and comfortable around the shaman.

Qualifications and Training

As there are no formal standards to becoming a shamanic healer, it is important that the shaman can provide positive feedback from her/his other clients. As well, they should be able to tell a genuine story of how they became a shaman and be willing to discuss how they learn from the spirit realm.

For example, if a shaman wishes to do a soul-retrieval, but has no prior history of training or can’t explain how they learned soul-retrieval from the spirit realm, they perhaps have not been fully trained to perform this higher-level task.

Personal Intuition

Above all else, it is advised to listen to your intuition. If something feels off with a shaman, it probably is — listen to that. If in the depth of your being everything feels right, you have found your shaman.

Let the journeying — and most profoundly, the healing — commence.


Below are characteristics of someone who may find it  appropriate to explore shamanic healing:

  • Possesses a strong desire to create more meaningful relationships with oneself, others, nature, and the spirit world;
  • Is ready to move forward beyond old thought patterns, limiting belief systems, and unhealthy habits that no longer serve them;
  • Is ready to dig deep down and willing to seek genuine self-inquiry into order to move into a greater self;
  • Wants to create real, positive, and lasting change within themselves but feels somehow “blocked” and wishes for guidance on how to move forward;
  • If one chooses the plant medicine route, they are willing and able to fully surrender to the experience and trust that they will be guided to exactly where they need to be;
  • Is willing to put forth the effort needed to fully integrate new wisdom and healing;
  • Is patient and willing to take the time that may be needed to heal.

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Natasha Wanderly | Writer

Natasha is a happy no-mad with a love for living lucidly, dancing with fire, and talking to strangers. From living with Shamans in the Amazon to studying ancient hieroglyphs in Egypt, she is always on some type of adventure. Her mission is to connect with many hearts, walk in many shoes, and help people to understand their value. Every day, she wakes up with two goals: 1.) Be here 2.) Be love.

Please connect with her at www.lucidadventures.com

This article was originally published on the MindValley blog : Shamanic Healing: What Is Shamanism And How Can It Heal You? and was edited and republished with the Author's permission.

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Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

The Basics of Ayahuasca | Plant Medicine Ceremony

Ceremony, Healing, Rituals, ShamanismChloë RainComment
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One must feel called — not pressured — to participate in a plant medicine ceremony. They must be ready to make a change in their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual lives by applying what they have learned during their ceremony, meaning that these plant medicines are to be taken seriously, with great intention, and not dosed recreationally. One must also be ready to completely surrender to the plant and let it take them where they need to go; the plant spirit always knows exactly what one most needs to see, feel, hear, experience, and thus, learn.

Since these plants are so powerful, they are oftentimes looked at by shamanic cultures as Spiritual beings. Many common shamanic plant medicines include, but are certainly not limited to: Ayahuasca, Iboga, San Pedro cactus, psychedelic mushrooms (though not exactly a plant), Salvia, and Peyote cactus.

To give a brief overview and an example of what a plant medicine ceremony is, we will discuss the most currently popular of these plant medicines, Ayahuasca.

Ayahuasca

Unlike any other sacred plant medicine, Ayahuasca is comprised of two separate plants: the chacruna leaf (Psychotria viridis) and the Ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi). Alone, neither of these plants produce medicinal nor entheogenic properties. However, when combined, they work together and become a very powerful and sacred medicine.

Both of these plants are found in the Amazon rainforest in South America. Astonishingly, in this particular rainforest, there are over 80,000 cataloged leafy plant species. Yet, somehow, the psychopharmacologists of the Amazon (the shamanic healers) knew exactly which two unsuspecting plant species would create such a magical and psychoactive medicine when combined.

The history of Ayahuasca use dates so far back that anthropologists and researchers have yet been able to trace its origins; however, the shamans claim that the plants, themselves, told them during a Middle World shamanic journey.

The plants are collected from the jungle and brewed into a sacred tea. The tea, when taken ceremonially, throws open the gates to the spirit realm and reveals mystical, non-ordinary worlds that are unperceivable in ordinary consciousness.

Currently, the use of this brew has positively evolved to reach more and more people; now, any interested person can experience the extraordinary healing power of Ayahuasca.

Unfortunately, many Western cultures have yet been able to fully understand the healing and medicinal properties of this unique plant substance. For that, it is illegal in many countries. Yet, it is not only legal but highly praised in it’s birthplace: the Amazonian countries of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, and Brazil. In these countries, foreigners have the opportunity to partake in an Ayahuasca ceremony with a trained shaman.

It is during these ceremonies that participants are able to face the root causes of their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual illnesses head-on and delve deep into the healing process by allowing the spirit of Ayahuasca to take them on a journey to these realms of non-ordinary consciousness. Within these realms, deep-seeded issues that have long been hidden within one’s subconscious mind are revealed to them.

Mother Ayahuasca, as the plant spirit is often referred to (due to it’s feminine and mother-like qualities), will always teach the participant precisely what they most need to learn in order to fully, truly heal themselves.

An Ayahuasca Ceremony

As specific traditions within Ayahuasca ceremonies will vary from shaman to shaman, these following customs generally remain the same:

Preparation — Ayahuasca diet

Ayahuasca is a total spirit, mind, and body cleanse; for that, a special diet (or dieta, as it is commonly referred to in South America), is required.

Usually, during the first half of a ceremony, there is a fair amount of purging; from either or both ends. This is because Ayahuasca is purifying the physical body of heavy energy before it moves on to mental, emotional, and spiritual body purification.

A great way to lessen, or, in some cases, completely avoid, the purging process is to begin the purification process the week before the ceremony. Specific dietas vary, but usually require one to abstain from sex, drugs, alcohol, pork, coffee, and chocolate. In some cases, dietas even require the absence of salt, meat, spice, and sugar.

If the diet is followed properly, one is sure to reap the benefits soon after the tea is ingested. Plus, it is considered respectful to follow a dieta prior to sitting in Ayahuasca Ceremony.

The Ceremony

Each shaman has their own personal way of setting up the ceremonial area. However, ceremonies are typically held just after sunset in a safe, relaxing, and comfortable environment, most notably within high energy places on the land.

Authentic and safe ceremonies, are small groups of participants, 2 to 7, and one shaman and their apprentices sit with you during a ceremony, all of whom ingest the brew. The shaman creates a very open and safe space by setting up an altar, and playing soothing music. He or she will also clear and protect the energy of the space by filling the room of, and blowing onto the crown of each participant, a form of sacred tobacco called “Mapacho”.

Then, the shaman suggests that each person set an intention for their journey, whether that be to heal past wounds or to learn self-love. The group then prays together and gives thanks to Mother Ayahuasca.

Finally, one by one, each participant drinks the brew and begins to journey. . .

Once the medicine kicks in, the shaman will begin to sing icaros, or healing songs, which help to intensify the medicine and further protect the energy of the room.

The Return

Ayahuasca typically lasts around 5 hours. As everyone in the ceremony begins to return to normal, conscious reality, the shaman will again use Mapacho to clear the energy of the space and ground each individual.

The floor will then be open for sharing and heartfelt communion.

Afterward, each participant can personally discuss their experience with the shaman, who will then help to integrate their experience to this physical reality and provide advice on how to incorporate their newly discovered wisdom into their lives for optimal healing.


Natasha Wanderly | Writer

Natasha is a happy no-mad with a love for living lucidly, dancing with fire, and talking to strangers. From living with Shamans in the Amazon to studying ancient hieroglyphs in Egypt, she is always on some type of adventure. Her mission is to connect with many hearts, walk in many shoes, and help people to understand their value. Every day, she wakes up with two goals: 1.) Be here 2.) Be love.

Please connect with her at www.lucidadventures.com

This article was originally published on the MindValley blog : Shamanic Healing: What Is Shamanism And How Can It Heal You? and was edited and republished with the Author's permission.


 
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Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

Five Beautiful Rituals to Celebrate Summer Solstice

Ceremony, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceGuest Writer

Summer solstice 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 6:07 AM EST on Thursday June 21, 2018.

Summer Solstice Rituals

The Solstice signifies the time when Mother Earth is at the fullness of her strength, fertility, and abundance, so we too can celebrate the strength in joining together, pollinate our spiritual consciousness through sharing, and becoming ceremonies of thanksgiving for the abundance that which we experience daily.

Creating a ceremony or celebration is a way for humans to give back to Creation some of the energy and blessings that we are always receiving. Mother Earth constantly provides for all of us with her incredible bounty, and the Sun’s warmth provides the light necessary for all living beings to thrive and prosper.

The Summer Solstice is a time to reflect on the growth of the season. Seeds are planted in the Earth as well as the seeds of our souls. It’s a time of cleansing and renewal, a time of Love and growth. This is the moment of our year when there is the most LIGHT available to us. In terms of consciousness, it is when we are the most present to ourselves and who we know ourselves to be --- the Sun represents the “I am” consciousness.

The word “Solstice” is derived from the Latin words Sol+systere, meaning “Sun”+ “standing still.”  The Summer Solstice is the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Following this Solstice, the days get shorter, the nights longer.

Fire is used symbolically throughout summer solstice celebrations in praise of the sun, to bring luck and to ward off the darkness.  And the spiral is also a symbol associated with the Solstices. Ancient dances would follow the Sun’s movement like a spiral, people joined hands weaving through the streets, winding into a decreasing spiral into the middle then unwinding back out again. The Sun moving from contraction at the center of the spiral at winter solstice to expansion at Summer Solstice and back again. Festivals in North still continue to dance and play, holding hands in formation of a spiral.

Many traditions throughout time have celebrated the Solstices — Ancient Egypt, and Aztecs of Mexico, Chinese, Chumash Indians of California, Indigenous Europeans. And western civilizations have for centuries celebrated this first day of summer often called Midsummer (see Shakespeare), or St. John’s Day. The Chinese mark the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. Throughout history, with so much light being showered upon the Earth on this day, it’s been known as one of the most powerful days of the year for spiritual growth and healing.

Summer Solstice Stone Hedge

To this day, revellers still gather at Stonehenge to see the sun rise. The Heel Stone and Slaughter Stone, set outside the main circle, align with the rising sun.  And many of the ancient traditions continue - Bonfires are still lit to celebrate the Sun at its height of power and to ask the Sun not to withdraw into winter darkness.

In North America, many Native American tribes held ritual dances to honor the sun. The Sioux were known to hold one of the most spectacular rituals- The Sun Dance. Usually performed during the June solstice, preparations for the Sun Dance included cutting and raising a tree that would be considered a visible connection between the heavens and Earth, and setting up teepees in a circle to represent the cosmos. Participants abstained from food and drink during the dance itself. Their bodies were decorated in the symbolic colors of red (sunset), blue (sky), yellow (lightning), white (light), and black (night).

 

Some rituals to celebrate Summer Solstice:

1)  As our ancestors did, celebrate by gathering of plants and healing herbs, its long been believed that they are at their most potent today. Five common Celtic sacred plants associated with Midsummer are St. John’s Wort, Vervain, Yarrow, Fern, and Mugwort.

2)  Gather with others to create a circle or spiral.  Exchange songs, stories, and poems with others.  Dance, drum and celebrate.

3) Create a Sun Wheel or mandala (a symbol of the circle of life and connectedness) made from flowers or things found in nature.

4) Keep a sacred fire burning. You can create a big fire like a bonfire to celebrate with friends, but even a small fire, in the form of a candle or Altar of Light can be just as potent.

5) Make a Prayer Stick or Prayer Tree and place specific prayers for those who need healing on it. Make a prayer for the return to peace where there is no peace, for abundance in areas of the world where there is now poverty and scarcity.

Do all or any of the above with an intention for something that you will do to improve life –  bring light and love into this world in your own creative way and begin to carry it out.

Wishing you abundance and ligh this Summer Solstice!


As the Sun spirals its longest Dance
Cleanse Us
As nature shows bounty and fertility
Bless Us
Let all things live with loving intent
And to fulfill their truest destiny
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Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

The Spiritual Significance of a Lunar Eclipse On The Full Moon

Spiritual Significance, Nature, CeremonyChloë RainComment
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

The Full Moon is a perfect time for releasing something that no longer serves you; or letting go of something that you no longer need in your life; or an opportunity to let go of an aspect of yourself that you have outgrown.

Combined with the energy of the Lunar eclipse on the Full Moon this will be an extremely powerful time for starting again and setting your intentions for the coming six months.

This is a time of leaving what is safe and comfortable in order to grow more fully into yourself.

Eclipses are harbingers of change — they usher in evolution. At a lunar eclipse, the shadow of the Earth falls across the face of the Moon bringing unconscious feelings to the surface, grounding them in reality. Lunar eclipses are culminations of emotional cycles that have run their course, and they encourage us to let go of emotions and attachments that are no longer serving us.

Lunar Eclipses are viewed in astrology as being deeply transformative times that can bring abrupt and sudden change. While this is true, there is another side to Eclipses that is important to remember.

Eclipses are like the cosmic helping hand of the Universe. Imagine the energy of an Eclipse like a Universal hand that reaches down from the heavens and puts you where you need to be.

The good thing about Eclipses is that generally you can trust the direction they are guiding you in. Eclipses bring about events that are part of the cosmic plan. These are important times for thinking about your life, whom you need to forgive or what you need to let go of and move on from. 

Eclipses are rare because they can only take place when the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are all aligned. They always happen in groups of two or three. A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon and the Sun are on exact opposite sides of Earth.

Endings are necessary in order to make way for the new and a Lunar Eclipse is like the final purge. If something needs to be gone from your life, if something needs to come to an end, an eclipse can help you to set the wheels in motion.

EMBRACING CHANGE & HONORING LIFE CYCLES

Every single full moon brings a chance to embrace changes, let go, and cultivate greater connection with the Divine. I believe we can experience connection with the Divine by simply being mindful and present to the cycles of nature, the seasons, and life all around us.

By developing a spiritual practice that is founded in earth based wisdom and honoring the cycles of the moon and seasonal cycles of change and growth we can live in greater peace and harmony in our daily lives.

The full moon is the time to release attachments or blocks and barriers to our worthiness, and open ourselves to greater abundance and inspiration.

Whatever you needed to let go of, whatever changes you needed to make, an eclipse on the full moon can help you to release and let go and open to the new. 

Doing a small personal ritual on the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, like lighting a candle or writing an intention down on paper and burning it, can help you to engage the energies of release and usher in new changes.

The energy of this Lunar Eclipse will last until August and will open a new gateway of energy that is productive, active and positive. Change is constant.

We talk about growth and change and letting go of the things that no longer serve us with hope. But the reality is, change is uncomfortable and can bring up a lot of fear of the unknown.

We like things that are familiar and comfortable, even our worst habits can be serving us in some way by keeping us small and comfortable. Real change requires us be conscious of our emotions and feelings. We can step into a new way of being by honoring and recognizing ourselves and the natural rhythms of life.

Trust whatever is unfolding in your life as natural to the cycles of transformation and change and know that it is all for a higher purpose.


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I feel like now I’m just working to open myself up completely to receive what is mine by divine right - my career/calling and having the most amazing life partner to walk along side me.
— Naomi W, 21 Days to Love

Spiritual Significance of Lunar Eclipse on the Full Moon

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Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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Winter Solstice : Making Peace with the Darkness

Ceremony, Rituals, Rites of Passage, Spiritual Significance, Life LessonsChloë RainComment
releasing negative emotions

Why do we spend so much time suppressing and hiding our darkness? When negative emotions come up and we feel them, they're inconvenient, uncomfortable, or worse, we make ourselves wrong for feeling them.

When we fear our own darkness or make ourselves wrong for having negative feelings, we cut ourselves off from an essential source of our own personal power. The key is not in letting darkness overwhelm our lives and our thoughts but in understanding that negativity can be one of the greatest catalysts for personal growth and transformation. Maybe even our way to enlightenment.

By allowing ourselves to feel our negative emotions and experience our own darkness, the darkness itself can become the spiritual cradle into which our inner light and new life is born.

Allow your feelings to guide you because your feelings are your truth.

In the Northern Hemisphere at this time we are experiencing the longest and darkest nights of the year and the shortest days with the least amount of daylight. The dark triumphs over the light, but this signifies a turning point!

In winter everything lies dormant in the silent earth, it is a sacred time of rest and reflection before the awakening and the slow build toward brighter days. As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own personal growth cycles begin to deepen.

The energy of winter is that of going within. It's the fruitful darkness and silence out of which our soul's yearnings and new inspirations can eventually emerge.

Winter Solstice (Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:28 am EST) is one of the most powerful points of the year as the axis of the Earth pauses, shifts and moves in the opposite direction. For three days around the solstice points we experience the power of the standstill point and the shift of direction. After experiencing the longest and darkest day, the nights grow shorter and the days grow brighter until the Summer Solstice.

For today let yourself rest in the peace of darkness, knowing the changing of the season, and the return of brighter days is ahead, be reminded you are always connected to Source, and your inner light never dims. 

Don’t pressure yourself to make changes right now or be in action in world … let the energies of new life and inspiration build slowly within you and by spring you’ll be bursting with new energy and ideas. This is the nature of things… the cycles and rhythms of personal growth and change, as you consistently nurture yourself with compassion, allowing for rest and reflection, great joy will be your harvest in 2018.

You may want to take time to honor and acknowledge the endings & new beginnings in your life in a ceremony or personal ritual that both honors your past and clears space to make room for what you wish for the coming year. I share some ideas for personal rituals below ↓.

Whatever you choose to do to mark the end of the year, the coming of the new, and the rebirth of the light— whether pausing in quiet reflection, or celebrating with community, know that all over our planet, there are many fires burning brightly!

Abundant blessings to you in the coming year! 

With love,

 
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Festive Candle Lights for Winter Solstice 2017

Ritual Acts Give Life Meaning

The longest night of the year is honored by many traditions as a sacred and rich time. Regardless of your holiday traditions, this time of year can be honored by reflecting on the past year and participating in your own personal ritual of light or Ending & Beginnings. When we make time to acknowledge the gifts of Spirit we cultivate a greater capacity to receive our own inner light. By enacting a personal ritual you can celebrate the dark and the light and invite balance and harmony into your life!

Ritual acts give life meaning. They also honor and acknowledge the unseen web of Life that connects us all. When we honor our personal cycles and the seasons of the year— we are reminded of the ever-changing flow of life that we are connected to.

It is suggested to take time 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the precise moment of the Solstice to open to the intelligence of nature all around you and to acknowledge your personal growth cycle. A simple ritual act done with intention in your heart is enough. 

Since this time of year is associated with light — celebrate with string lights, sparklers and of course, candles. Join in the Jewish tradition of the Festival of Lights, with 8 days of ritual illumination or participate in a community bonfire and burn your own Yule log, a tradition with roots in Northern European pre-Christian times.

Light celebrations can be reminders of our inner light, and the Divine Light that guides our way in times of darkness. 

Fire Ceremony for Release & Rebirth 

Fire Ceremony for Winter Solstice 2017

You may want to take time to honor and acknowledge the endings & new beginnings in your life in a ceremony or personal ritual that both honors your past and clears space to make room for what you wish for the coming year.

Make an offering that represents the past and give it to the Spirit of Fire as a completion. Then spend a bit of time dreaming and visioning to bring into focus what you would like to experience and bring into being in the coming year.

This can be done as a personal ceremony or with a group. Begin by giving out small pieces of paper and pencils so each can write down what they want to release.

When all have written down what they wish to release, all can gather around a fire, and each can in turn come to the fire and throw their paper in.

After all have gone, you end the ritual by banging on drums, or shaking noise makers, and your voice to send it off into the Universe with a celebratory song!


Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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Abundance Beyond Measure : Peru, The Richest Country in the World

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 Dancers in the Plaza de Armas, Cusco Peru

Dancers in the Plaza de Armas, Cusco Peru

Trekking to Templo de La Luna, Cusco

Peru is one, of 10 mega-diverse countries in the world. A country blessed with a unique heritage, where riches are measured in well-being and harmony with nature.

70% of the planet's biological diversity is concentrated within its borders.

According to the Holdridge classification, it has 84 of the 117 life zones that exist on Earth. *

This amazing country has more birds than North American and Europe put together, and it records the largest number of endemic species in the world, more than 120.

Its location in the central-west part of South America, the two ocean currents that feed its coasts, and the Andes Mountain Range, create the ideal conditions for this kind of biodiversity and physical abundance.

Spending time in this country one could make the argument that being rich is not about having lots of material things – it is about the abundance of color, nature, beauty, nourishment, diversity, experiences, and for me— personal fulfillment.

It is home to a piece of my heart and soul.

Peru is a land blessed with the most precious riches of all, the kinds of treasure you discover when going within.

The Stones of Sacsayhuaman

I don't know how this happened, or how I even found myself here years ago, only that I met a woman in California, who told me she lead spiritual journeys to the Andes, and three months later I was in Peru on my own spiritual journey. She is now a cherished friend and trusted colleague.

Peru is a land blessed with the most precious riches of all, the kinds of treasure you discover when going within.

These days I return regularly to Peru to lead my own spiritual journeys for people seeking a deep understanding of themselves and their higher purpose. 

I return to this land for my own well-being and strength and the lessons I receive about true abundance and wealth, that seem only to be found in Peru, a second home for my hear. And I return for continued training and teachings with my Elders & Teachers of the Inca Q'ero and Amazonian Shipibo healing traditions. Here nothing is conceptual, relationships to the mountains, the animals, the water, and the Spirits are real and tangible.

The word Apu is an ancient word, of the Quechua language, the language of the Inca descendants, the Q'ero people of the high Andes. We speak the word Apu to refer to the sacred mountains themselves; each mountain has its own spirit, with the spirit going by the name of its mountain peak i.e. Apu Ausangate, or Apu Machu Picchu.

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March 2018 & October 2018

The Apu Mountain Spirits serve as protectors, watching over our relationships, families, homes, and lives. They may be called upon through offerings or asked to become personal guardians in initiations like my own pictured below.

Making pilgrimage to Apu Ausangate, the most auspicious of the Mountain Spirits in the Cusco region, and asking for protection with an offering I am establishing a relationship with this Spirit, and I may call upon Apu Ausangate as guardian or protector for wisdom and guidance on my personal spiritual path or help with my work with others as Spiritual Guide and Healer.

 Initiation at the base of Apu Ausangate, with my Teacher Maestro Lorenzo, of the Inka Q'ero lineage, and my friend and colleague Q'orianka Gallegos, Inka High Priestess.

Initiation at the base of Apu Ausangate, with my Teacher Maestro Lorenzo, of the Inka Q'ero lineage, and my friend and colleague Q'orianka Gallegos, Inka High Priestess.

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 Apu Ausangate from the view point.

Apu Ausangate from the view point.

Apu Ausangate Spiritual Pilgrimage
Apu Ausangate Spiritual Pilgrimage

*Source: PROMPERÚ : Peru began its "Richest Country In the World" Marketing Campaign in 2017 — "it offers a new perception that being rich is based on experiences rather than material possessions." ‘Peru, the richest country in the world’ embraces a new concept for the term ‘wealth’, and reimagines what ‘being rich’ is really about.

Though this slogan resonates with much of what I feel and experience about the land of Peru, I wonder what this has in store for the future of tourism and pure experience while visiting this beautiful country. That being said, I continue to plan to lead spiritual journeys to Peru throughout the year for those seeking a greater connection to their higher self and understanding of their life path. Our time spent in Peru, honors the sacredness of the land, its ancient and present day heritage, and all the riches, spiritual and material, that this country has to offer.

2017 Journey Participants, Temple of the Monkeys, Cusco Peru

 Llama bomb, Machu Picchu

Llama bomb, Machu Picchu

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Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

You must learn to save yourself.

Be who you want, Ceremony, Inspiring, Nature, Photography, Rites of Passage, Spiritual Significance, Travel, WorkshopChloë RainComment
 Literally jumping for joy in Peru! Join me here this fall.   Sacred journey to Cusco & Machu Picchu.

Literally jumping for joy in Peru! Join me here this fall.  Sacred journey to Cusco & Machu Picchu.

She’s turning her life into something sacred: Each breath, a new birth. Each moment, a new chance. She bows her head, gathers her dreams from a pure, deep stream and stretches her arms towards the sky.
— Monique Duval

Happiness, joy, truly enjoying life, these aren't topics I take lightly, nor am I flippant about the real life dark places that we find ourselves in, even after doing all the right things, following all the rules, and "working on ourselves"...

I had battled with fairly serious depression for over 30 years, and as a young person suicide had been a daily consideration. As I aged, things became tolerable, but not necessarily better. Then again, in my mid thirties I began to seriously question if I had a reason to keep living. 

I wondered why anyone would bother to keep going when it seemed life never really got any better, and most of my experiences had only deepened my sadness and loneliness, so what the fuck was the point?

Depression is not an inconvenience, it's not something that leaves over night after you read a good book.

It is also not an illness you have to live with your entire life. It is possible to heal from depression and anxiety without medication.

I started with simple things, the only things I knew to do that would keep me from my self destructive behaviors. 

I started spending any free time I had in nature.  I started sheltering myself from people who meant well, but ultimately didn't know what was best for my well-being.

I devoured books about real people who had recovered from great challenges and were now leading extraordinary lives.

I started taking risks, I started listening to my heart as it started speaking up.

As the beauty and true abundance of nature started to seep into my bones and cleanse me of my toxic thoughts, the Universe began to dialogue with me... in ways I'd never heard spoken before, and messages I'd never received... and I LISTENED.

When you find yourself thinking there must be more to life than this and longing to experience something greater in life, then most likely you are ready to begin exploring deeply your own purpose for existence. When you begin to explore deeply, you learn to uncover your true power and gifts, and are able to find meaning in your past failures.  This is when  you will come to believe in yourself again and that is when you become powerful beyond belief.

I'm sharing all of this with you with the intention that I may offer a message of HOPE.

HOPE, that you too, can find your way, WILL FIND YOUR WAY to happiness and joy. That it is possible to come to terms with the "failures" of your life, and begin to see that some of the heartbreak was in service to your heart opening.

It was a fated journey to Cusco Peru and Machu Picchu that ultimately helped me heal from my long standing depression, fully and completely once and for all. The ancient spiritual energies of the land of Peru and the medicine I received there helped save my life and led me to discover my true purpose and gave me a reason for living.

My entire existence is now dedicated to the revolution of the human spirit. 

My "work" is an extension of who I am BEing, and everything I do is an expression of living life the best I know how, and then learning to open to receive more joy.

If you are feeling called to experience something unlike anything you've ever experienced before, please join me this fall in Peru for a Spiritual Pilgrimage that will undoubtedly change your life.

You can experience the mystical world of living energy and touch the magic of the place first hand, October 28th! You may learn more about the journey here. I will be sharing my intimate knowledge with you of the ancient wisdom of the Andean Spiritual cosmology and how this medicine helped me to discover my life purpose in life and heal from depression.

Join me for Spiritual Pilgrimage to Machu Picchu & Cusco Peru

Below are photographs of my first initiation in Peru where I was told the "The Mountains are speaking to You." and I understood something about my life I had never truly grasped before. The Incas call the spirit of the mountains Apu, and consider the Apu to be the most powerful of all Nature Spirits; the mountains remain extremely sacred in the Andean regions of modern Peru.

Some of these pictures are difficult for me to share because I can see the weight of depression and illness on my face and my body. But I know that after these pictures were taken, not only did my experiences help me to heal from depression, but also helped me heal from an autoimmune disease and severe anxiety issues. I look and feel better now than I ever did in my 20s or 30s!

Jumping for joy in Peru!


As you turn inward and fall in love with the truth of who you really are, you become whole despite the brokenness.
— Chloë Rain
Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

When you get called to something, You must GO!

Travel, Spiritual Significance, Landscape, Inspiring, CeremonyChloë RainComment

I received my four year degree in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and had spent an entire semester studying Incan culture, but that was almost two decades ago, and I had never before entertained the idea of exploring Peru.

When I met a woman at a fancy networking event in Santa Monica, California and she told me she guided sacred journeys to the Andes I knew I was going with her. 

Two months later she greeted my friend and I at the airport in Lima Peru in a white gown with feathers in her hair, and whisked us off to a cafe to have coco tea before getting on the next plane to Cusco where we would be based during our week long adventure exploring the Inca ruins and participating in ancient traditional ceremonies.

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Our residence in Cusco was down a tiny cobblestone and dirt one lane road. When we walked through the gate at the entrance, and it opened up to this stunning interior courtyard, I was taken aback by the juxtaposition of beauty and poverty.

One evening in the manicured courtyard of our residence, the moon was full in the sky, and there were lit candles hanging in the trees all around us.

Behind us, the statue of Cristo Blanco was lit up on the mountain top.

I had no idea such beauty existed on earth. The people, the mountains, the food... I hadn't known what to expect from this journey, but the spirit of this place was transforming me from the inside out. 

The peace.

I felt at peace with life, my world, who I was, who I wasn't. I was just being.

The beautiful city of Cusco, Peru

 
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CUSCO CITY PERU

We took the scenic train to visit the Lost City of the Incas and as we arrived early in the morning at Machu Picchu the clouds and morning mist obscured our vision.  

We hiked to the Sun Gate and sat in meditation with eyes closed until the sun warmed us as the morning clouds dispersed.  As I opened my eyes I could not believe the magnificence of the sight before me.  The ancient city sat between the two mountains Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, with extraordinary views of the Urubamba River and valleys below. 

The terraced hillsides with the clouds and mountains behind them looked to me like a fantastical place from the future, not a 500 year old ancient and abandoned city.  

Water poured from the Incan water temple as if its people had disappeared only moments before, in an instant, like the clouds dispersing with the sunshine.

I received a message, a vision have you, while exploring deeply during my reintroduction to self and moving beyond my fears into a fantastic reality of ancient wisdom and present awareness. The message was...

 
Creativity is the key to unlock the divine.

Though it would take me many years to unpack all that occurred during my first visit to Peru, it was undeniable that I had irrevocably changed at depth and my life would never be the same again.

The message and vision I received on that journey have been the guiding force for creating the life I now live. I understand that anything is possible once we find our own unique way of connecting with our divine source. And once you uncover the connection to your heart and engage the creative life force within you the transformation you experience becomes visible, the internal shift creates the external visible effects.

Creativity is the key to unlock the Divine.  Self expression is the vehicle.

The moment, is NOW.

 

JOIN ME THIS FALL FOR A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME:

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Spiritual Pilgrimage to Cusco & Machu Picchu Peru

October 13-20, 2018

This bride appeared to me on the streets of Cusco after completing a ceremony where I released a past love and sent a prayer out to the Universe for partnership. As we were walking home from the Ceremony we found a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the road. This is when I began to interpret the signs that appear to us when our prayers have been heard and when the dialogue with the Universe began to flow to me and through me.

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

Five Beautiful Rituals to Celebrate Summer Solstice

Ceremony, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceGuest Writer

Summer solstice 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 6:07 AM EST on Thursday June 21, 2018.

Summer Solstice Rituals

The Solstice signifies the time when Mother Earth is at the fullness of her strength, fertility, and abundance, so we too can celebrate the strength in joining together, pollinate our spiritual consciousness through sharing, and becoming ceremonies of thanksgiving for the abundance that which we experience daily.

Creating a ceremony or celebration is a way for humans to give back to Creation some of the energy and blessings that we are always receiving. Mother Earth constantly provides for all of us with her incredible bounty, and the Sun’s warmth provides the light necessary for all living beings to thrive and prosper.

The Summer Solstice is a time to reflect on the growth of the season. Seeds are planted in the Earth as well as the seeds of our souls. It’s a time of cleansing and renewal, a time of Love and growth. This is the moment of our year when there is the most LIGHT available to us. In terms of consciousness, it is when we are the most present to ourselves and who we know ourselves to be --- the Sun represents the light of all life and consciousness.

The word “Solstice” is derived from the Latin words Sol+systere, meaning “Sun”+ “standing still.”  The Summer Solstice is the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Following this Solstice, the days get shorter, the nights longer.

Fire is used symbolically throughout summer solstice celebrations in praise of the sun, to bring luck and to ward off the darkness.  And the spiral is also a symbol associated with the Solstices. Ancient dances would follow the Sun’s movement like a spiral, people joined hands weaving through the streets, winding into a decreasing spiral into the middle then unwinding back out again. The Sun moving from contraction at the center of the spiral at winter solstice to expansion at Summer Solstice and back again. Festivals in North still continue to dance and play, holding hands in formation of a spiral.

Many traditions throughout time have celebrated the Solstices — Ancient Egypt, and Aztecs of Mexico, Chinese, Chumash Indians of California, Indigenous Europeans. And western civilizations have for centuries celebrated this first day of summer often called Midsummer (see Shakespeare), or St. John’s Day. The Chinese mark the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. Throughout history, with so much light being showered upon the Earth on this day, it’s been known as one of the most powerful days of the year for spiritual growth and healing.

Summer Solstice Stone Hedge

To this day, revellers still gather at Stonehenge to see the sun rise. The Heel Stone and Slaughter Stone, set outside the main circle, align with the rising sun.  And many of the ancient traditions continue - Bonfires are still lit to celebrate the Sun at its height of power and to ask the Sun not to withdraw into winter darkness.

In North America, many Native American tribes held ritual dances to honor the sun. The Sioux were known to hold one of the most spectacular rituals- The Sun Dance. Usually performed during the June solstice, preparations for the Sun Dance included cutting and raising a tree that would be considered a visible connection between the heavens and Earth, and setting up teepees in a circle to represent the cosmos. Participants abstained from food and drink during the dance itself. Their bodies were decorated in the symbolic colors of red (sunset), blue (sky), yellow (lightning), white (light), and black (night).

 

Some rituals to celebrate Summer Solstice:

1)  As our ancestors did, celebrate by gathering of plants and healing herbs, its long been believed that they are at their most potent today. Five common Celtic sacred plants associated with Midsummer are St. John’s Wort, Vervain, Yarrow, Fern, and Mugwort.

2)  Gather with others to create a circle or spiral.  Exchange songs, stories, and poems with others.  Dance, drum and celebrate.

3) Create a Sun Wheel or mandala (a symbol of the circle of life and connectedness) made from flowers or things found in nature.

4) Keep a sacred fire burning. You can create a big fire like a bonfire to celebrate with friends, but even a small fire, in the form of a candle or Altar of Light can be just as potent.

5) Make a Prayer Stick or Prayer Tree and place specific prayers for those who need healing on it. Make a prayer for the return to peace where there is no peace, for abundance in areas of the world where there is now poverty and scarcity.

Do all or any of the above with an intention for something that you will do to improve life –  bring light and love into this world in your own creative way and begin to carry it out.

Wishing you abundance and light this Summer Solstice!

As the Sun spirals its longest Dance
Cleanse Us
As nature shows bounty and fertility
Bless Us
Let all things live with loving intent
And to fulfill their truest destiny
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Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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Beltane Fire Festival: Celebration of Life & Love : The Significance of Ritual In Our Lives

Be who you want, Inspiring, Nature, Ceremony, Rites of Passage, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceChloë RainComment

Beltane and its celebration and the rituals that we as humans have performed for thousands of years has been about fertility, fire and passion, and bringing forth life and in preparation for an abundant harvest. 

As I fine tune my own personal cycles and soul path, as I learn more about indigenous traditions, plant medicine, and the Ancestors the more I have felt at home in my own body and at home in my life. I encourage you to tap into the ancient wisdom that also courses within your veins.

As I observe my own annual cycle of emotion, experience, energy, and transition to conclusion... there seems to be recurring themes and certain seasonal patterns through the years. As I continue to allow myself to be carried by the energetic waves, the ebb and flow of life, more is revealed.

This time of year with the fullness of spring it seems to no surprise that the tiny ping of my heart, grows so loud as to pound out all other sound.

 I love how ritual and coming together in circle can reconnect you to your truth while being with others helps you to truly celebrate the mystery of life and the wonder of it all.... 

I love how ritual and coming together in circle can reconnect you to your truth while being with others helps you to truly celebrate the mystery of life and the wonder of it all.... 

The recreating of ancient rituals has become popularized especially in our modern Western Culture, but the very individual and personal experience of participating in ritual can be life changing and life affirming.

Beltane Fire Ritual & Celebration

Beltane, whose past and present significance is steeped deeply in ritual rites of sexuality and fertility, celebrates the height of spring, and the coming of summer, the earth has warmed, and May 1st(ish) astrologically is the end of darkness in the sun cycle.

Beltane: The Fire Festival is celebrated as the symbolic union of the May Queen and the King of the Forest, and the marking of the Light half of the year the end of the dark cycle. There's no denying this time of year is ripe with the energies of abundance, passion, lust, fertility, sexuality, and pregnancy.

The constant buzzing of hummingbirds and the multitude of species of bees around my house, coupled with the constant chirping of frogs frolicing in the pond, and the endless chanting call of the Whippoorwill at night in search of his mate remind me that some noise is required to call in LOVE.

The drum beat of my soul, the pounding of my heart, the buzzing of my cells, and the singing of my heart song is what reminds me that I am alive, and well, and fertile, and ready for the union of my hearts desire.

So perhaps take some time today to acknowledge your desires, and maybe even perform your own unique ritual to consummate the union of your desire and the seed of life and energy of birth. Trust that the discomfort of uncertainty is only a mild symptom of the joy of pregnancy and the expectancy of new life!

Love as a state of being, Love, coupled with passion for life and purpose. The unquenchable thirst for love and desire for the unknown and magic of living.

The constant drum beat of the internal longing to feel whole, alive, and on fire with desire. This pulsating and throbbing has only become more profound, more distinct, like a homing beacon.

What is on the unknown horizon of life, the unexpected fulfillment of desire in ways I couldn't imagine?

I feel pregnant with anticipation, so much so that my breasts ache. I stand in astute awareness and attention in the unknown.

I remind myself of a vow I have made "I surrender my personal will to divine will. I live in the present moment and seek only truth."

I pray for more magic, more surprise, more serendipity in my life.

Yes, this is when I feel more alive, when chance has its way with me and I realize that I'm very much more pleased with the flow and natural rhythm of my life, than I would have been with single focused and structured plans.

Uncertainty is a symptom of the arrival of magic, wonder and awe, the unknown is only the breath just before the Aaaah of AMAZEMENT.

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
— Ursula K. Le Guin

Sunrise at Bealtaine by Irish Photographer: Ken Williams  At the Beltany Stone Circle in the North West of Ireland, the sunrise at Beltane is aligned with the only decorated stone in the circle. The Beltany Stone Circle gets its name from Beltane which is associated with the lighting of hilltop fires in a rekindling of the sun.

The beginning of May, signifies one of the astrologically and historically important cross quarter dates of our calendar and the seasonal progression of the earth and growing seasons: Beltane or May Day celebration.

Beltane occurs 6 months after Samhain {Halloween}, and in the Celtic way of looking at the seasons marks the end of winter, the ‘dark’ half of the year, and the beginning of summer the ‘light’ half. Like Samhain, Beltane is a liminal (between) time, when the veil between the worlds of physical and nonphysical is thin- considered a good time for divination and particularly for seeing the Fair Folk (the Fae).

Beltane is one of the 8 sacred celebrations of the year and turning of the seasons : Imbolc; Ostara/Spring Equinox; Beltane; Litha/Summer Solstice; Lammas/ Lughnasad; Mabon/Autumn Equinox; Samhain/Halloween; Yule/Winter Solstice.


Beltane Fire Ritual & Celebration:

Fire and passion, love and life, brought together as one.

I am the earth, the womb of all creation.
Within me, new life grows each year.
Water is my blood, air my breath, and fire is my spirit.
I give you honor, and shall create new life with you.

I am the rutting stag, the seed, the energy of life.
I am the mighty oak that grows in the forest.
I give you honor, and shall create new life with you.

The earth is once more growing new life within!

We shall be blessed with abundance this year!

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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Music is Medicine.

Be who you want, Ceremony, Healing, MeditationGuest Writer

I've recently been introduced to the above version and find it absolutely stunning. The original is also included below. IN-JOY!

 

Music is Medicine. Watch, listen, be inspired. Be healed.


Anilah is the solo project of vocalist and composer Dréa Drury, a musician based in the Selkirk Mountains of Western Canada.

Her inspirations draw from traditional shamanic sound practices, sacred chant, dark tribal, and Indian Classical. She has studied the art of using the voice as a healing modality with gifted teachers such as Ali Akbar Khan, Shweta Jhaveri, and Silvia Nakkach. This has led to her own exploration of the esoteric application of sound, as well as psychoacoustic engineering, which she now weaves into the tapestry of her musical expression. She approaches her voice and composition as practices which are deeply integrated with the remote landscapes where she was raised.

Her love for nature, wildness, and the world of the elements inspires her to write music which directly reflects their essence. Weaving a soundscape that is ethereal, haunting, and ancient, Dréa’s intention is to create music which aids in cathartic and transformative experience.

Music is medicine.

This chant pays respect to all indigenous people, as well as honors those who walked before us. Download Medicine Chant by Anilah here: http://anilah.bandcamp.com

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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Full Moon Ceremony & Summer Solstice Blessings!

Ceremony, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceChloë Rain

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...

Celebrate the coming together of the light in togetherness.... on this powerful day bring light and love into this world in your own creative way!

Blessings to you on the Solstice!

There is a crack in everything, thats how the light gets in.
— Leonard Cohen
Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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The Great White Snowy Owl Makes an Appearance : Owl's Medicine, Meaning, & Spiritual Significance

Ceremony, Life Lessons, Nature, Rites of Passage, Spiritual SignificanceChloë Rain1 Comment

Owl is synonymous with the Gift of Higher Knowledge and Insight. They carry the medicine of Sight Beyond Illusion.

Owl is a symbol for wisdom. This is because Owl can see that which others cannot, which is the essence of true wisdom. Where others are deceived, Owl sees and knows.


The Snowy Owl : The Spiritual Significance of its Appearance in our Lives

My relationship with Snowy Owl was renewed and powerfully strengthened this past week, while I experienced a tremendous resurgence of awe and wonder of receiving the wisdom that lies within.

While in Cusco Peru, a number of years ago in my first vision ceremony, a Snowy Owl came to me and wanted to climb inside my mouth. I remember thinking this was odd, but not feeling afraid and not understanding how visions could simultaneously be vivid and real and illogical and unreal, I invited the White Owl to climb inside my mouth.

In it climbed, then down my throat, and took up residence inside my belly. Dancing around and flinging its feathers, it was inviting me to be joyful, and join him in his dance. The Snowy Owl's wingspan opened and closed inside my body as he hopped on one foot then the other in a circle. It was the most happy little Owl, it's two feet with talons, stomping around inside of my chest, and kicking up white feathers like a snow globe inside my heart.

When I shared this vision with Maestro Juan Carlos and Maestro Lorenzo during my integration ceremony their response was:

"Ahhhh yes, it's very clear, very clear."

I remember thinking "What is clear??? Nothing is clear to me?" But this was their response to much of what I shared with them in my integration ceremony.

The Maestros explained that Yes, people do have animals that visit them in their visions and that they do climb inside of you and this is normal.

Though I didn't understand any of it, I was relieved to know that I had "done the right thing" in letting the White Owl climb inside my mouth and dance around in my body and take up residence inside me.

At the same time, I felt strange that I was okay with what had occurred. I can vividly recall the feeling of opening my mouth and letting the Snowy Owl climb in, but I would not understand the massive significance this experience would have on my life and personal view of the world until many years later.

At the time of my initiation on to the path of Visionary no one said — Oh, well it's very clear that the Snowy Owl is your Spirit Guide and will impart wisdom to you in many ways, the Spirit of Snowy Owl has taken up residence inside of you and she will visit you often, bringing you gifts of insight, wisdom, medicine and connection.

White Owl people are seers of divine wisdom and are said to be oracles of secret knowledge from the Elders.

In fact, Owls are Medicine Messengers, and each Owl has a different medicine message. Snowy Owls, in particular are the carriers of Wisdom from the Elders and if the Snowy Owl is your spirit guide you have the gift of channeling the words of the Elders via inspired written words or intuitive channeling.

Had I understood that channeling was a gift that had been imparted to me, and furthermore the gift of writing wisdom from beyond (not necessarily from me, but from a place of knowing), I might have felt a lot more confidence in the coming months as my life began to shift in strange and irreversible ways.

This understanding certainly would have been enlightening information for me to receive at that time in a way that I could hear it... but again, it would not be until years passed that I would fully understand and completely receive the medicine that came to me in that first vision ceremony.

I have learned from my teachers, only from in being with them in sacred space and then in "normal" space, like sitting across them at the breakfast table sipping mango smoothies, that nothing is conceptual to them, especially when it comes to animal spirits, the messages they bring to us when they appear in our lives, and the medicine and wisdom they impart to us when they walk with us in this world.

Most often the Maestros will answer your questions with a yes, or a no,  and very few words, and almost no explanations are given in shamanic training, because nothing is conceptual or symbolic as we experience things in Western culture. When the Snowy Owl comes to you and dances inside your being, you may have well as received an email from God saying:

Your life has changed, nothing will ever be the same. IN-JOY! Remember, this is what you wanted and I'm proud of you. Keep in touch, I'm always right here, and I'm only a shout or a prayer away when you need to speak to me.

Love, God

aka The Universe

PS. Love the Snowy Owl look on you! The Mountain Spirits are guiding you  and your Spirit Guide is the Great White Snowy Owl. Be wise, walk with humility!

The Maestros didn't answer my questions about my visions of the White Owl with grand explanations. To them, it was all very clear.

The Great White Owl, had come to take up residence within my soul.


The Snowy Owl : Animal Spirit: It's Medicine, Symbolism & Significance of its Appearance in our lives:

Empath - Intuitive - Oracle - Divine Identity Clairvoyance - Great Mystery Keeper -  Mystery Teacher - Tracker/Shaman Soul Retriever  - Mediator - Revelation of the Hidden - Conscience - Astral Travel - Ascension

The Owl is thought to be one of several Animals blessed with the Medicine of Shape-shifting, that is the ability for them to change their form from that of the Owl to a human form, and back again. This is a gift helpful for astral travel and soul retrieval. With the Owl in particular, this shape-shifting ability is closely linked with Lunar Magic since this beautiful creature is sister to the Moon. In observing the phases of the Moon, we witness ever shifting and changing cycles that affect all within the domain of Luna, including the inhale and exhale of the Ocean's waves. 

In Celtic tradition the Owl was used by the Shaman as the eyes and ears of intuition and perception. 

In Native American traditions, the Owl is called the Night Eagle. The owl power animal has a special connection with the night and the moon, while the eagle is connected to the sun. Owls are considered fierce night Eagles, birds of prey who have no qualms about going in for the kill.

If Owl is your personal medicine, no one can deceive you about what they are doing, no matter how they try to disguise or hide it from you. You may be a little frightening to be around, since so many people have ulterior motives which you see right through.

If you are unaware of your medicine power, you may take your keen insights and abilities for granted. Others never do. You may frighten them and reflect their blindness, for you cannot be fooled. Owl medicine people know more about an individual's inner life than that person know about herself or himself.

Source: Sams, Jamie and Carson, David. Medicine Cards (Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1988)

As this pertains to Owl Medicine as a Messenger, different owls represent different roles as Messenger.  For instance, the Snowy Owl is the Animal Spirit that is a Messenger who is responsible for carrying wisdom from the Elders and the human with whom the Snowy Owl resides will have the gift of channeling the words of the elders via inspired written words or intuitive channelling.

It is said that if you meditate with the owl, the answers to your questions will be revealed. Listen to the voice inside of you.

Owl people can see into the darkness of their souls and the souls of others. Owl also helps you to recognize that there is a dark side to your nature that should not be ignored or repressed. You need to see that it is there so you can come to terms with it.

Snowy Owl's ability to navigate in the darkness makes her not only a master Spirit Guide for soul retrieval and the reclaiming of lost parts of the soul, but she is also the guide that helps us go into the void of the Great Mystery to call forth ancient wisdom, knowledge and secrets that have lain dormant for ages to help us remember the fullness of our being, and create the new earth.

You have to see to know. You have to know to see.


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There are times when our world feels like it is breaking down and dissolving right in front of our eyes and we might feel like it is totally out of our control.

As we are stripped of things we once thought were important, as we lose things, precious things, we begin to understand that at the core of our being we are worthy of existence, not because of what we do or what we have, but because of who we are.

Your life and the value you bring to the world through your own self expression and creativity are the most priceless possessions that no one and no thing can ever take from you.

There is no other speck of stardust in the Universe just like you.

No one else thinks your thoughts, feels your feelings, has your desires, or is capable of doing the things you do, in the way that you and only you do them.

When we explore deeply our reason for existence, we begin to know our own self-worth in a way that we've never contemplated or experienced before.

The essence of gratitude, is appreciation for life in and of itself. Your life matters, because you are you, and no one else can do what you are here to do. Since you are still alive, your life has a reason and a purpose and if there is still breath in your lungs, you haven't fulfilled your mission on earth yet.

Time to figure out what you are still doing here and go for it. When you find yourself asking the question, "What is my purpose for being alive?"

Know, that if there is still breath in your lungs, you have a purpose. There is a reason for your existence.

So often, people feel like "there's got to be more to life..."

Maybe it feels like you’re missing out on your potential in life… 

You need to know that your life purpose exists and who you are serves a greater purpose in this world. 

How do I know about this? 

...from my unique challenges in life, starting from when I almost died in an accident, then later was diagnosed with a debilitating auto-immune disease, and risked every thing I had ever created in order to recover my health and ultimately my happiness. 

I learned teachable techniques that helped me to grow a meaningful business which serves people around the world, and live a life filled with love, purpose, adventure, and miracles.  

The same techniques I've used to create a beautiful life, I have taught to many people who have then become fulfilled in life, love, and career; and I'd like to teach you how to start finding and restoring your life purpose too

I can promise that you will never look at life the same way again.

Whether you are considering making a life transition and don't know where to begin, or stuck in the same self-defeating patterns year after year, the path of energy medicine and earth-based wisdom offers unparalleled results in creating lasting and meaningful transformation.


Magic is alive: "Montreal traffic camera captures stunning images of snowy owl in flight"

Quebec transport minister Robert Poeti shared this photograph via: Facebook

Watch the video of the capture below:

A traffic camera above a Montreal freeway has taken stunning images of a snowy owl in flight.

The bird was captured mid-air by the CCTV camera at the intersection of Autoroute 40 and the Boulevard des Sources, in the West Island of Montreal, on the morning of January 3rd, 2016.

Quebec transport minister Robert Poeti shared the photographs on Twitter and Facebook, prompting them to go viral. The snowy owl is an official symbol of Quebec and is protected from hunters in Canada.

source: The Guardian

 
Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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A Prayer For Everyone : Love and Blessings to All

Ceremony, Healing, Poetry, VideoChloë RainComment

Thank You, My Fate

Great humility fills me,
great purity fills me,
I make love with my dear
as if I made love dying
as if I made love praying,
tears pour
over my arms and his arms.
I don’t know whether this is joy
or sadness, I don’t understand
what I feel, I’m crying,
I’m crying, it’s humility
as if I were dead,
gratitude, I thank you, my fate,
I am worthy, how beautiful
my life.

— Anna Swir

Translated from Polish by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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The planet does not need more successful people.

Be who you want, Ceremony, Spiritual Significance, Travel, VideoChloë Rain1 Comment

During my initiation ceremony with Maestro Lorenzo Apaza.


It's a myth that we figure it out first and then we move on what we know.

I spent years saying:

If I just knew what I was supposed to be doing, I'd be doing it.

And so I spent years, waiting for my life to begin... until I started doing things, not because I knew how it was going to go from there, or even where I was going and where I was going to end up, but I started doing things that made me feel alive, like I was really living, and life was worth living.

And that's when everything changed, and my "life purpose" began to reveal itself underneath my feet and the path I was walking began to make sense, one step at a time... one step, then another, then another.

I've received a lot of questions from the community, about how to overcome our fears, hear the voice of our Soul's calling, and actually have the courage to start taking action on what we hear….

Its begins with one step, and then another, then another, then another.

I met Maestro Lorenzo Apaza, pictured here, many years ago on my original journey to Peru. At the time he asked if I was a shaman, and when I uncomfortably laughed and responded that I wasn't, he said:

"Well the Mountains are speaking to you."  And I knew in that moment what he said was true, and it was as if my whole world had broken open.

I had never identified myself as anything but curious up to that moment, but I had been, if almost secretly, listening to the Earth, the Nature Spirits, and the Mountains. I had been following their guidance, and I had been following through with what I was hearing within me, but I hadn't fully realized it until that moment. I had been interpreting the signs of the Universe, though if almost by accident...

And when I returned from Peru, my secret was out, and I began living so fully in my truth and purpose that my life changed from the inside out. I began to look different, feel different, and BE different, in a way that felt so open and alive, I knew that I had finally figured out "Who I am in this world, and what I am here to do."

But it didn't end there, of course, the "work" is a constant evolution and practice of self love, and continued self love, and learning to love even more, greater, deeper, and forgive, and forgive again.

I've learned that forgiveness is the gateway to joy.

Being in Peru for a second time, I began to actively engage with the ancient teachings, participating in multiple ceremonies, and initiations in the Pampamesayok lineage. My intention was to fully physically embody my truest essence.

I didn't used to be this way, I used to be paralyzed with fear, sick from stress, loveless, clueless, and almost friendless....

Recently, my friend and colleague, Q'orianka and I stayed up late one night talking like school girls... she started describing her first impression of me the day that we met back in a fancy networking event in California.

We were laughing about her description of me... but you know, she told me…

She had been afraid of me. I was intimidating. I was so cold and aloof.

When she met me she didn't understand what I was doing at the women's conference where we had met.

She went on to say, I had been cordial and polite, but almost as if I was tolerating the other women around me, with no intention to make friends with anyone, I was there to learn what I needed to learn to be "more successful" in life and business.

That was the person I was projecting on the outside, but on the inside I was craving deep connection, friendship, and meaning in my life, but I didn't know how to show this.

Until I let myself be vulnerable in front of those women. And that was when everything began to change in my life. 

I let down my walls, and I shared what it was that I really wanted in life. I wanted to love and be made love to, I longed for purpose and a reason for living, and wanted to be fully impassioned in my life.

Not that long ago, I didn't know how to get what I wanted. I just knew that all the things I had been doing weren't working for me, and had not gotten me to happiness.

I began listening to the one voice I had not allowed to be heard, My Heart. One step along the journey at a time, I began living through my heart, not from my head.

I began building my relationship with the Divine, the Divine in me, in all, in everything.

And that has made all the difference.

When you surrender to a higher wisdom and higher goal, the divine plan of your life will unfold, naturally. Follow it, even when the obstacles seem insurmountable, and a way will be made.

This is what I have experienced in my own life and this is what I have seen time and time again in the lives of others. I am so eternally grateful and humbled that I get to do this work in the world, and that I am witness to constant miracles in the lives of people, like yourself.

With so much love,

 
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Reclaim Your Unique Vision for Your Life

A vision is not a glimpse of what will be in the future — it’s an awareness of what is already true within you, here and now.

The vision is not something you make up, it is who you were born to be. It’s your true power, your essence, your genius, and the source of your abundance.

When you are cut off from the truth of your essence, you don’t just fail to fulfill your potential, you experience many other side-effects. The challenges you face in the other areas — health, work, relationships, prosperity — are often symptoms of a disconnection from this divine pattern in you. That’s why many attempts to solve those other problems don’t work — because they’re symptoms, not the cause.

When you rediscover your vision and begin to align with the forces of nature, you activate the latent power within you and begin to dissolve many of your problems.

 

The Q’ero people follow the shamanic way of seeing the Divine in everything, whether it be a plant, flower, river, rock, animal, or another person.

This is not conceptual, we treat everything and everyone with reverence as they are the Divine embodied.

The Q’ero medicine path follows two main routes, that of the “Pampamesayok” and the “Altomesayok".  Pampamesayoks source our power and information from the land, and are highly knowledgeable about plant medicine. Altomesayoks have the ability to summon up and receive direct communication, wisdom and healing guidance from the “Apus”- the spirits of the Mountains.

You can be initiated as an Altomesayok either through being struck by lightening or after many years of work at a Pampamesayok and then surviving an arduous & treacherous vision quest to Apu Ausangate. (The snow covered mountain pictured below.) 

Mountain Apu Ausangate. Snow covered mountain, where one can become initiated as an Altomesayok by surviving a vision quest on the mountain.

Looking at the Temple of the Moon from the Mountain Top where I was initiated.

On top of the Mountain where my offering is buried.

Sending you lots of good vibes from Peru, a very special place on earth!

 Looking into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, around the Moon Temple.

Looking into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, around the Moon Temple.

Q’orianka & Maestro Lorenzo, around the Moon Temple.

Part of my offering to Pachamama.

On top of the Mountain where my offering is buried for Mother Earth, or Pachamama.

The planet does not need more ‘successful people’. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.

It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.
— David W. Orr, Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
 
Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

Full Moon Fire Ceremony : 21 Days to Love: A Guided Journey into the most sacred parts of Self

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2ND LIVE PROGRAM BEGINNING AUGUST 8TH!

21 Days of Powerful Energy Transmissions to Change Your Relationship to LOVE

Tap Into Creation Energy: Self Love: Romantic Love : All LOVE

Release shame, guilt, attachment to past lovers, painful memories, disappointments and allow more love in your life.

This is not just about allowing more love in your life, this is about transforming your current life circumstances in ways you could not imagine.

LIVE PROGRAM begins 8/8 and ends 8/29 with a FULL MOON CEREMONY, performed by Chloë, to burn up all of your energetic blocks to Love.

A Guided Journey :
UNLIKE ANY OTHER PROGRAM!

Now is the time to reconnect with the longings of your soul. exploredeeply.com/21daystolove

Full moon completion ceremony on 7/31/15. When you join this program, Chloë will become your companion on this journey of incredible growth, expansion, and love. You will receive energy transmissions that will help open you up, gently, to all that you are - love, joy, harmony, and you will experience so much more in these powerful transmissions! These remote sessions are Powerful catalysts for Growth, Healing, and Self Love!

Music : "Afterglow" : José González

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

FULL MOON (Blue Moon) in Aquarius July 31st 2015

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Today is the last day of the first live 21 Days to Love Program, and tomorrow is the Full Moon Ceremony completing our practice of releasing shame, resentments, and attachments and deepening our experience to have, receive, and BE more LOVE.

During this live program I have been channeling the energies of love and healing and sending them to the individuals in the group. I have also been channeling a new program "21 Days of Prosperity" in the "background" while leading the group to higher vibrations of Love, Self Love, and Romantic Love.

It has been a powerful experience, in just 21 days SO MUCH CAN HAPPEN, change and SHIFT. Its truly amazing! I am happily surprised by the amount of change that I have witnessed in the group.

If you would like to join the next 21 Days to Love Program or the upcoming 21 Days of Prosperity LIVE Program, please send us an email > here.

FULL MOON rising in ☆Aquarius 

Aquarius, the water bearer, brings inklings of expansive vision and a new breath release which comes after facing our struggles.

Astrological Insights by : Mystic Mamma

“Aquarius is like an unexpected breeze on a hot summer day. It’s the surprise breakthrough that comes in the midst of struggle. Or a startling event that wakes you up, like a cosmic alarm clock.

“…Epic ah-has happen at the Aquarius Full Moon, when we bust through our own (often self-imposed) glass ceiling and breathe the air.

“The good vibes of Aquarius are best received with an open mind.  If it’s time for a radical upgrade in your thinking, there’s often a period of in-between. Aquarius has two rulers — Uranus and Saturn. One is the evolutionary urge, the other (Saturn) shows us how to ground the charge.

“Being able to see that the way we organize and perceive reality itself, is up for tweaking, can be liberating. If you’ve felt at a dead-end, and stagnant, get ready for unexpected plot twists!’ 

From the wonderful MOLLY HALL from Astrology/About.com

Please go to Mystic Mamma and read all of the astral insights for this month's Full Moon: http://www.mysticmamma.com/full-moon-blue-moon-in-aquarius-july-31st-2015/

Mystic Mamma's site is a place that I find lots of good energy and a resource for inspired guidance.

http://www.mysticmamma.com/full-moon-blue-moon-in-aquarius-july-31st-2015/

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

The Luna Moth & The Full Moon, the Spiritual Significance of Signs that Appear in our Lives

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Sacred Fire Ceremony, releasing old attachments, past loves, and clearing debts.

Every day this week on my meditative walk I have found the wings of a different butterfly.

Upon walking the path to the waterfall, I came across the wings of a Luna Moth.

The Luna Moth may be considered one of the most spiritual and mystical of Spirit Guides.

To meet one is a special gift, for when she is in her adult moth stage she only lives for approximately one week. While living through their adult moth life they do not eat, for they have no mouth. One might say that their purpose is to reproduce, but I say it is to Love.

They are born, they transform, they love, they die, and then are again reborn. Their cycles are short, as are our years while we are here. We are reminded to make the most of our moments and to live and love to the fullest.

She is most often seen in the evenings, attracted to the moon and to light.

She speaks of our connection to the Feminine, our inner spirit, and our trust in ourselves.

We learn of the importance to find the balance between light and dark, the seen and the unseen. She is a reminder that when all is said and done, our healing and sense of love are the ultimate journey.

I was in the middle of a full day of intense sessions and there was so much emotion and energy being channelled I could not pause long enough to fully integrate the significance of its message.

As the moon had recently came into fullness I became fire ceremony, closing the 21 day ritual for emotional detox, burning the energetic ties of indebtedness.

My personal emotions have been flowing strong and wild on an intense upward spiral, each day I have met myself with new fury of release of old patterns of emotional demons that have held me in the darkness in certain areas of my life.

I can feel the old patterning almost as if being ripped from inside my cells, and just like the fire burning hot and white, rapidly transforming within.

The Butterfly and its metamorphosis is the Spiritual Metaphor for our own transformation. Much like the caterpillar's metamorphosis into the butterfly we may at times feel like our guts are being ripped apart and turned to mush right before our eyes.

The butterfly is also the spiritual symbol of the Divine Feminine and her transcendence, from the caterpillar's perspective can feel like a death rather than a transformation, and yet the butterfly gracefully emerges, whole, complete, beautiful, and free. We must set aside everything we once knew and understood about our world and fully embody an entirely new way of being in the world. 

The releasing of our past patterning and attachments can very much feel like we are being torn apart from the inside, a painful death of our very comfortable caterpillar body, we were used to crawling on the ground and eating our way through our emotions. 

Then on the other side of this confusing and gut wrenching loss of self, we emerge with wet wings, no longer do we crawl, our legs have been transformed, and we fly, almost effortlessly, to sip nectar from the blossoms of flowers.

The ascension process of our Highest Self.

You must surrender completely and trust that some intelligence higher than yourself is guiding you through this process into complete rebirth and freedom.

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Luna Moth Oracle: Protection and Guidance from the Highest Wisdom. Face your limitations as this is a time of rebirth and limitlessness, open yourself to abundance and favorable outcomes and know you are greatly protected in all activities. 

Luna moths also signify new beginnings as they represent a continuing quest for truth and knowledge, the gift of intuition, psychic perception and heightened awareness. Things that are associated with “seeing the light”.

So often, people feel like "there's got to be more to life..."

Maybe it feels like you’re missing out on your potential in life, you feel a deep longing within, but you're not sure what it means or where to begin...

You need to know that your life has meaning and who you are serves a greater purpose in this world. 

How do I know about this? 

...from my unique challenges in life, starting from when I almost died in an accident, then later was diagnosed with a debilitating auto-immune disease, that partially paralyzed my right arm. I took my health and my future into my own hands and risked everything I had ever created in order to recover my health and ultimately my happiness. 

I learned teachable techniques that helped me to grow a meaningful healing practice that serves people around the world, and live a life filled with love, purpose, and adventure.  

The same techniques I've used to create a life worth living, I have taught to many people who have then gone on to feel purpose and prosperity in their daily lives. I'd like to teach you how to start restoring your life purpose too. 

I can promise that you will never look at life the same way again.

Whether you are considering making a life transition and don't know where to begin, or stuck in the same self-defeating patterns year after year, Walking the Path of Purpose offers shamanic healing techniques, earth-based wisdom and an unparalleled framework for creating lasting and meaningful transformation.

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Full Moon Cycles and their meaning

The Full Moon:  A time to connect with the ancient wisdom of the Earth and see what is illumined…

Learning to navigate your experiences in a new way, without fear, without shame is how you will create what it is you so deeply crave.

The Cycles of the Moon:

The New Moon marks the beginning of the cycle and the Full Moon is the completion.

At the Full Moon, the energy is powerful and intense. This surge enables you to take action – especially in regards to the New Moon intentions you may have made. This is a perfect time for releasing something that no longer serves you; or letting go of something that you no longer need in your life; or an opportunity to let go of an aspect of yourself that you have outgrown.

New Moon (or Dark Moon): A new cycle. An energy of new possibilities. Time to set your intentions for what you want to bring into your life.

Waxing Moon: New growth, continued action, results will come about

Full Moon: High tide of power, amplifying and creative. It is a time to release that which no longer serves you, what you no longer need in your life or an aspect of yourself that you have outgrown.

Waning Moon: Withdrawing, pulling energy

Dark Moon: A time to go within. Solitude. A powerful psychic time where revelations from deep within can emerge. It’s important to make space for the unfolding of spirit at this time in preparation for the new cycle and beginning.


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Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!